|U.S. House, New Jersey, District 3|
|January 3, 2015 - Present|
|January 3, 2017|
|Years in position||0|
|Predecessor||Jon Runyan (R)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
|First elected||November 4, 2014|
|Next general||November 8, 2016|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Issues
- 5 Elections
- 6 Campaign donors
- 7 Personal
- 8 Recent news
- 9 See also
- 10 External links
- 11 References
MacArthur won the Republican nomination in the primary on June 3, 2014, and went on to defeat Aimee Belgard (D) and Frederick John LaVergne (Democratic-Republican) in the general election on November 4, 2014.
MacArthur graduated from Hofstra University, and has worked in the insurance industry since graduation. He and his wife founded the St. Peter’s Sandy Relief Fund in order to bring aid to families who were suffering in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
Below is an abbreviated outline of MacArthur's academic, professional and political career:
- 2015-Present: U.S. Representative from New Jersey's 3rd Congressional District
- 2013-2014: Mayor of Randolph, NJ
- 2012-2013: Deputy Mayor of Randolph, NJ
- 2011-2014: Randolph Township Republican Councilman
- 1999-2010: Chairman and CEO of York Risk Services Group, Inc.
- 1982: Graduated from Hofstra University with a B.A.
Prior to entering politics, MacArthur was an insurance executive.
MacArthur serves on the following committees:
—Tom MacArthur, Campaign website (archive)
Lawsuit against Lonegan
The Republican primary between MacArthur and Steve Lonegan became one of the most brutal battles of the 2014 election season. In his campaign, Lonegan attacked MacArthur's insurance company, York Risk Services Group, for underpaying or denying payment to wildfire victims in California. The claimants had sued MacArthur's insurance company. Chris Russell of the MacArthur campaign responded, “They’ve come up with three claims out of a million. There are lawsuits in the insurance industry. Those claims were dismissed, and they were all settled after Tom left the company." In response to Lonegan's negative advertising, MacArthur sued the Lonegan campaign for defamation, to which Lonegan responded by stating in a press release, "It's this kind of bullying and strong-arming of people that's downright despicable and has no place in this race." Lonegan also released another campaign ad, entitled "Wildfire," in which another alleged victim of the insurance company criticized MacArthur. MacArthur's lawsuit included Lonegan and six members of his staff, one of which was a single mother named Liz Curtis. In a press conference, Lonegan attacked MacArthur further, saying, "I ran against Cory Booker, and I respect him. He’s an Obama liberal and doesn’t hide from that. But I don’t trust Tom MacArthur. I don’t trust anyone who would sue a single mother. You don’t do that."
The 3rd Congressional District of New Jersey held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014. Tom MacArthur (R) defeated Aimee Belgard (D) and Frederick John LaVergne (Democratic-Republican) in the general election. In the primary election on June 3, 2014, MacArthur defeated Steve Lonegan for the Republican nomination, while Belgard defeated Howard Kleinhendler and Bruce Todd for the Democratic nomination.
New Jersey's 3rd was considered a battleground district in 2014. Incumbent Jon Runyan (R) did not run for re-election, leaving an open seat. Moreover, although Runyan won re-election by an 8.9 percent margin of victory in 2012, the presidential election went Democratic, with President Barack Obama winning in the 3rd District by 4.6 percent.
|U.S. House, New Jersey District 3 General Election, 2014|
|Democratic-Republican||Frederick John LaVergne||1.7%||3,095|
|Source: New Jersey Division of Elections|
|U.S. House, New Jersey District 3 Republican Primary, 2014|
|Source: New Jersey Division of Elections - Official Election Results|
MacArthur received the following endorsements.
- Ocean County Republican Party
- Burlington County Republican Screening Committee
- Cinnaminson Mayor Anthony Minniti, Deputy Mayor John McCarthy and committee members Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Donald Brauckman and William Young
- Rep. Jon Runyan (R)
- The U.S. Chamber of commerce
- Former Rep. Jim Saxton
- Toms River Councilman Maurice “Mo” Hill, Jr.
- The Independence Hall Tea Party PAC
- The International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 825
- The American-Canadian Laborers' International Union of North America (LIUNA)
- MacArthur remarked that endorsements from unions such as the IUOE and LIUNA showed that he had "crossover appeal."
DCCC ad pulled
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) released an ad, entitled "Fire," in which a fireman accused MacArthur of denying injury claims from firefighters when he owned York Risk Services insurance company. MacArthur planned to sue for defamation, as he had sold the company a year prior to the claims mentioned in the ad, but the DCCC took the ad off the air on September 23, 2014. The DCCC stated that they removed the ad after receiving "new information that Tom MacArthur did not previously disclose." MacArthur responded, "Today is a victory for the truth, and a devastating blow to the empty, dishonest campaign of my opponent, politician Aimee Belgard, and the party bosses and special interests bankrolling her campaign from Washington, DC."
Lonegan vs. MacArthur
- Steve Lonegan's campaign released a negative ad against MacArthur, accusing him of being a liberal who raised taxes as mayor.
- MacArthur responded with an ad defending himself against the accusations and, in turn, accusing Lonegan of raising taxes.
- In May 2014, Lonegan released another ad attacking MacArthur, stating that MacArthur's insurance company wrongfully denied payment to wildfire victims in Los Angeles.
|Tom MacArthur (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 9, 2014||$0||$2,001,075.00||$(251,804.72)||$1,749,270.28|
|Pre-Primary||May 22, 2014||$1,749,270.28||$15,234.00||$(963,818.71)||$800,685.57|
|July Quarterly||September 26, 2014||$800,685.57||$1,102,621.00||$(824,360.23)||$1,078,946.34|
|October Quarterly||October 15, 2014||$1,078,946.34||$1,355,578.61||$(1,873,386.20)||$561,138.75|
|Pre-General||October 20, 2014||$561,138.75||$1,062,133.00||$(520,423.76)||$1,102,847.99|
**Included in the total contributions were two personal loans from Tom MacArthur: $1 million incurred on January 3, 2014, and $1 million incurred on March 31, 2014.
MacArthur has three children with his wife, Debbie. Their daughter, Grace, passed away at the age of eleven.
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term "Tom + MacArthur + New Jersey + Congress"
- All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.
- United States House of Representatives
- New Jersey's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2014
- New Jersey's 3rd Congressional District
- Politico, "2014 New Jersey House Election Results," accessed November 7, 2014
- Tom MacArthur for Congress, "About," accessed April 7, 2014
- Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress, "Tom MacArthur," accessed January 28, 2015
- U.S. House of Representatives, Office of the Clerk, "Committee Information," accessed February 20, 2015
- Tom MacArthur for Congress, "On the Issues," accessed October 6, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- The Huffington Post, "GOP House Candidate Steve Lonegan Sued By Rival For Defamation," accessed May 27, 2014
- Politicker NJ, "CD3 Update: Lonegan lashes out at MacArthur, calls him a 'monster'," accessed May 27, 2014
- Tom MacArthur for Congress, "List of Elected Officials in the Third Congressional District Endorsing Tom MacArthur," accessed May 26, 2014
- Asbury Park Press, "Ocean GOP backs Tom MacArthur for 3rd Congressional seat; Lonegan nearly shut out," accessed April 7, 2014
- Politicker NJ, "Burlington GOP Screening Committee backs MacArthur for CD3 seat," accessed April 7, 2014
- Cinnaminson Patch, "Candidate Tom MacArthur Announces Supporters for Third Congressional District Election," accessed April 15, 2014
- On Politics, "N.J. Rep. Runyan taps MacArthur as GOP successor," accessed May 16, 2014
- Tom MacArthur for Congress, "MacArthur Wins Backing of U.S. Chamber of Commerce," accessed May 16, 2014
- Tom MacArthur for Congress, "Congressman Jim Saxton Endorses Tom MacArthur," accessed May 26, 2014
- Tom MacArthur for Congress, "Toms River Councilman Maurice “Mo” Hill, Jr. Endorses Tom MacArthur," accessed May 26, 2014
- Independence Hall Tea Party PAC, "2014 PA and NJ Contested Primary Endorsements," accessed June 2, 2014
- IUOE Local 825, "Local 825 Operating Engineers Back MacArthur for 3rd Congressional District Primary in June," accessed September 3, 2014
- Politicker NJ, "CD3 race: At Burlington County diner, LIUNA endorses MacArthur for congress," accessed September 3, 2014
- Burlington County Times, "MacArthur lands labor endorsement," accessed September 3, 2014
- Philly.com, "Democrats pull ad in N.J. congressional race," accessed September 25, 2014
- Roll Call, "DCCC Pulls Ad in New Jersey Race," accessed September 25, 2014
- Politicker NJ, "CD3: MacArthur rejoices with news that DCCC to pull 'Fire' ad," accessed September 25, 2014
- YouTube, "Liberal MacArthur," accessed April 15, 2014
- YouTube, "Shameful," accessed April 15, 2014
- YouTube, "Wildfire," accessed May 23, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Tom MacArthur Summary Reports," accessed April 16, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Tom MacArthur April Quarterly," accessed April 16, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Tom MacArthur Pre-Primary," accessed November 4, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Tom MacArthur July Quarterly," accessed November 4, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Tom MacArthur October Quarterly," accessed November 4, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Tom MacArthur Pre-General," accessed November 4, 2014
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